bombardier beetle


noun

any ground beetle of the genus Brachinus, which ejects a puff of volatile fluid from its abdomen with a popping sound when disturbed.

Nearby words

  1. bomb squad,
  2. bombacaceous,
  3. bombard,
  4. bombarde,
  5. bombardier,
  6. bombardment,
  7. bombardon,
  8. bombasine,
  9. bombast,
  10. bombastic

Origin of bombardier beetle

First recorded in 1795–1805

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